Trump's Turnberry scandal keeps getting worse — with lengthy visits and government-purchased souvenirs

Trump's Turnberry scandal keeps getting worse — with lengthy visits and government-purchased souvenirs
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First came the word that an Air Force crew had apparently gone out of their way to refuel at a higher cost, and spend more on a room so they could stay at Trump’s Turnberry golf resort 40 miles outside of Glasgow, Scotland. Then, after a few days of investigation, the Air Force admitted that there had been at least four visits in the last year. And then it wasn’t four. It was 40.

Well, another day, another expansion of Trump’s Scottish scandal. Because as it turns out some of those air crews didn’t just drop in for an overnight visit and a free round of golf before they climbed back into their jets and headed for the skies. As Politico reports, Air Force officers and crew have been dropping in at Turnberry for extended stays, five days or more, which has earned them a “Pride Pin” as Turnberry VIPs. And these have been government-funded trips, not personal stays.

On at least one occasion, a crew sat out a repair session lasting multiple days, while staying at Turnberry and “hitting the links” each day. Not only did the military pay for some R&R at the Trump facility, it also picked up the tab on souvenirs.

Conveniently for Trump, the Air Force hasn’t been dropping in during the busy season, but helping to fill up rooms in the “winter low season” when they’ve been coming to stay in the “spacious” sea-side cottages that stand apart from the main hotel.

An investigation into the extent of the Air Force’s use of the Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the Turnberry resort is underway by the House Oversight Committee. Trump has made multiple claims about the military being underfunded and even “out of ammunition.” He has also appropriated hundreds of millions from the military budget to use in building his border fence.

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